BHEF's Strategic Business Engagement Model moves business and higher education from transactional relationships to strategic partnerships to meet workforce needs.
In 2018, BHEF and the Business Roundtable joined forces to create the Workforce Partnership Initiative (WPI). The initiative invited Business Roundtable CEOs to form multi-company partnerships and connect with leaders of postsecondary institutions to meet regional workforce needs. Dozens of CEOs responded, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded BHEF a grant to support nine WPI projects around the country.
These case studies cover five of the nine partnerships: Chicago, D.C.-Maryland-Virginia, North Carolina, New York City, and the Southeast. The publication details the highly tailored educational and work-based learning opportunities created as part of the initiative, along with the unlikely partnerships and new curricula and apprenticeships.